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Operation Safe Stop set for April 18

78493857It is estimated that every day in New York State alone, 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass stopped school buses.

It is not only illegal, but extremely unsafe, to pass a school bus with their red lights flashing, whether approaching from the front or from the rear of the bus.

Flashing lights signal that a bus is stopped for either loading or discharging students.

April 18, law enforcement personnel from across the state will participate in Operation Safe Start.

Officers will patrol in marked and unmarked vehicles and officers will be onboard buses in select areas that have a history of illegal passing complaints, watching for violators.

Police will ticket those drivers who pass stopped school buses and violations will be reported to a central command post where final figures will be available to state and local officials as well as to the media.

Penalties for passing a stopped school bus include a $250 to $400 fine, five points on a license and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense and significantly higher penalties for subsequent offenses.

Operation Safe Start seeks to promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts.

The project is cooperatively supported by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the New York State Education Department, and many other state, county, and local law enforcement agencies and organizations.

It is through these cooperative efforts of the many traffic safety partners and their continued commitment to protecting school children and educating the motoring public of the dangers association with passing stopped school buses, that helps make Operation Safe Start a success.

Last year’s Operation Safe Stop enforcement results reported 1,316 tickets issued for passing a stopped school bus along with 1,201 other moving violations.

A world without the press

by William Fruce, Fulton

In everyday life, our press gathers information, conducts interviews, and takes pictures to communicate events happening in our world.

What would happen if the newspaper and our news media did not exist or was eliminated?

Newspapers, news channels, and the internet help express the events that occur each day. The press covers political news, and foreign affairs.

Social news covers topics such as homicides and natural disasters, and the latest developments in science and technology.

The Internet brings news to a greater number of people worldwide.  We hear news every day. The reason that we are able to hear the news so quickly is because of the press.

The press is similar to having a ball in a game. Without the ball, the players would not be able to play. These two things are closely related because the press is the ball that gives the news to the people.

Without the press, our knowledge of other countries and foreign affairs would be limited to what you would hear and would be full of inaccuracies and biased statements.

The press alerts us when a natural or man-made disaster occurs. There would be manipulation and lies without the press. The press brings the news to us in a factual way.

Freedom of speech is an important right that gives the press the ability to deliver news to society in a truthful and factual manor.

Our government seems to be encroaching on our rights. We the citizens of The United States of America need to uphold our first amendment for the benefit of our society.

EDITOR’S NOTE: William Fruce, a Fulton resident, is a ninth-grade student at Christian Brothers Academy. This letter was part of a school writing assignment.

Fund-raiser to support roller derby team

Port City Roller Derby will team up with Friendly’s Thursday, April 11 for a fund-raiser pairing food with the non-profit organization’s community activities.

Anyone interested in supporting the fund-raiser can bring the voucher to the Oswego Friendly’s and present it to the server before ordering and 15 percent of the purchase will support the county’s first roller derby league.

The voucher is good any time between 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on April 11 at the Oswego Friendly’s.

The voucher is available from any league member or online at www.portcityrollerderby.org/voucher.

Currently entering its third season of competition, Port City Roller Derby is gearing up for five home dates, starting May 25 in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink.

Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run non-profit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community.

The group always seeks skaters, refs and other volunteers for its adult (18 and over) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams and will provide training.

Those seeking more information may visit www.portcityrollerderby.org or email portcityrd@gmail.com.

April 22 is Earth Day

by Richard Drosse, Oswego County Environmental Management Council

The Oswego County Environmental Management Council is inviting individuals, schools, and groups to participate in Oswego County’s Earth Week, April 19-28.

In conjunction with this, the NYS Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails NY have designated April 19, 21, and 22 for Canal Clean Sweep. Any interested groups or towns wanting to help maintain the beauty and keep our Oswego Canal Corridor may contact Eli at canalsweep@ptny.org or (518) 434-1583.

As with other counties, Oswego County has invasive plants, which can choke out or kill native species, causing environmental and economic harm.

The most problematic plants are the Giant Hogweed, Swallow-wort, Japanese Knotweed and the Water Chestnut.

Of particular importance at this time, a destructive invasive beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer has moved into New York State, killing ash trees. So far the Ash Borer has been found in areas west of Cayuga County and southeast New York, near Albany and further south.
The beetle infests and kills North American ash species including green, white, black and blue ash. Adult beetles leave distinctive D-shaped exit holes in the outer bark of the branches and the trunk.

Oswego county Soil & Water Conservation District can be contacted about the Ash Borer and other invasives at 592-9663 or 3105 Route 3, Fulton.

The Oswego County Department of Solid Waste web site at www.co.oswego.ny.us/dsw.shtml has information about what can be brought to the Solid Waste Facilities.

Oswego County would like to acknowledge groups and organizations for their efforts. An information and a participation form can be obtained from the Earth Week web site.

Trash bags will be available upon request through the cooperation of Oswego County Building and Grounds.

Collection of litter should be arranged with local towns, villages, and cities. Roadside litter collections turned over to municipalities for Earth Week and year round can be disposed of with no tipping fee, courtesy of Oswego County Solid Waste.

A limited number of safety vests are available for those groups or individuals working roadside cleanups.

A limited number of work gloves, if needed, will be available through a contribution from Novelis Corporation.

To help with a grant program for schools and youth groups, Novelis asks that participates donate any recyclable aluminum cans collected to the “Cans for the Community Program.” Local redemption centers will credit these cans towards the Community Program.

Thank you for your help and participation with this special countywide event.

Blue Oysyer Cult and Foghat headline Friday night at Harborfest

Bucking the recent tradition of one Friday night headliner on the NRG Oswego Harbor Power “Lakeview Stage” in Breitbeck Park, there will be two nationally known groups rocking crowd on the first full day of the 26th Harborfest Friday, July 26.

Oswego’s Harborfest will welcome Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat to the NRG Lakeview Stage.

Blue Oyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, best known for such songs as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You,” and “Godzilla.”

Since the release of its self-titled debut album in 1972, the band has sold over 24 million albums worldwide, including seven million in the United States.

The band’s music videos, especially “Burnin’ for You,” received heavy rotation on MTV when the music television network premiered in 1981, cementing the band’s contribution to the development and success of the music video in modern pop culture.

Today, Blue Oyster Cult’s music continues to be played on radio stations as well as in movies, television shows, and commercials, and even during sporting events.

Blue Oyster Cult’s current lineup includes long-time members Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (lead guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard), as well as Jules Radino (drums, percussion), Richie Castellano (keyboard, guitar, vocals), and Kasim Sulton (bass guitar).

Foghat is a British rock band that began performing in 1971. The band’s second self-titled album, “Foghat,” went gold before 1974. A 1975 album, “Fool for the City,” spawned the hit single “Slow Ride,” which rose to #20 on the U.S. charts. The 1977 album, “Foghat Live,” sold over two million copies.

Follow-up hits in Foghat’s career included, “Drivin’ Wheel,” “Stone Blue,” and “Third Time Lucky (The First Time I Was a Fool).”

After band members went in various directions, in 1993, at the urging of producer Rick Rubin, the original line-up reunited. The group released a studio album entitled “Return of the Boogie Men” in 1994 and a live album entitled “Road Cases” in 1998.

The final album of the decade, “King Biscuit Flower Hour,” was from the syndicated radio show of the same name.

Original founding members Dave Peverett and Rod Price died in the early 2000s but Foghat continues to tour and be a popular live band belting out the classic hits that made them a staple of the rock and roll community over three decades ago.

Local writer to present new book

Local author and writing instructor Jim Farfaglia has released his second book of poems, “People, Places & Things: The Powerful Nouns of My Life.”

A reading from the book is planned for April 11 at 6 p.m. at the river’s end bookstore.

“This book takes a different look at life than my first poetry collection, ‘Country Boy’,” Farfaglia stated. “That book was a testimonial to my rural upbringing and extended family of muck farmers. This book has a wider perspective, taking a look at the people, places and things that have influenced my life. Like the first book, it is a book of gratitude, but it also addresses some of the life’s challenges.”

Farfaglia’s career as a writer began when he retired from his job with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, where he oversaw the operation of Camp Hollis, a residential camp located on Lake Ontario in Southwest Oswego.

Toward the end of that career, he co-authored a book about the longstanding recreational program entitled “Camp Hollis: The Origins of Oswego County’s Children’s Camp.”

“By helping with that book, I realized I wanted to spend more time writing and assisting others who want to write,” Farfaglia noted. “In addition to my reading at the river’s end, the evening will also feature three new writers, Ali Martin, Margaret Nichols and Diane Sokolowski, who have taken a class from me and have shown excellent writing skills.”

The program at the river’s end will also be announcing a series of classes Farfaglia will teach at the bookstore; the first class is entitled “Doorways: How to Turn Memories into Memoirs.”

Legal fish

Leon Archer
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

One of the frustrating things for visiting winter fishermen who like to fish on party boats here in Florida is the fact that most of what they catch they can’t keep.

I like fishing occasionally on a party boat, but I also like to have at least an outside chance of catching fish enough for a couple expensive meals.

So I decided it was a lot more cost effective to take part of the money I would have spent on a frustrating day on the water and go to the local fresh fish market.

Actually, catching a bunch of good eating ocean fish is a snap, but if they happen to be groupers or red snappers, they are off limits. If they happen to be black sea bass (the ocean bottom seems to be paved with them these days) they have to go back, because they are so heavily over fished that the season is closed.

It doesn’t matter that there are more of them than I have ever seen before. Vermillion snapper are off limits, and you can catch plenty of them too.

Now sometimes you get lucky and catch a trigger fish. They are still legal to keep, and even though years ago they were routinely tossed back, these days they are kept and with good reason; they are very tasty indeed.

Occasionally, a mutton or mangrove snapper may come over the rail, but they bite much better at night, so daytime fishermen catch very few of them.

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Fulton Patriot history

RoyHodge_WEBby Roy Hodge

I am enjoying the stack of 1901 Fulton Patriots that I have been looking through since Christmas time. Up to now, I had come across only one or two pages of the very old Patriots at a time – the oldest just a few years after the first issues of the paper were published in 1846. This is the first entire year of early 1900 Patriots I have looked at.

From the information box inside the front cover of each issue:

Fulton Patriot:

Wednesday, March 27, 1901

The Fulton Patriot is issued every Wednesday morning from the office of the undersigned, 117 Oneida Street, entrance through the Post Office lobby. Entered at the post office at Fulton, N.Y. as second class matter.

Subscription rates $1.25 per year; if paid in advance, $1.00.  Advertising rates on application. Notices of marriages, births and deaths published free of charge. Extended obituary mention, resolutions and cards of thanks, regular local rates.

Copy for display advertisements must reach this office no later than 6 p.m. Monday.  Telephone numbers . . . Fulton Telephone Co. – No. 35; Empire State Telephone Co. – Long Distance No. 16.

Frank M. Cornell, Editor

Listed in the Directory of Churches:

First Methodist Episcopal, corner of Oneida and Third Streets

State Street Methodist Episcopal, State Street, between Third and Fourth Streets

Free Methodist, corner of Third and State Streets

Baptist, corner of Utica and Third Streets

Presbyterian, corner of Third and Cayuga Streets

Zion Episcopal, First Street, between Rochester and Broadway

St. Mary’s Catholic, corner of Third and Rochester Streets

Church of the Restoration Universalist, corner of First and Rochester Streets

Grace Mission Chapel, North First Street

Salvation Army, 66 First Street

Seventh Day Adventist, Broadway, near Seventh

Congregational, corner of Broadway and First, Oswego Falls

(Note: This department is for the churches, and notices are inserted free if they reach this office before 6 p.m. Monday. We want all the church and auxiliary society news. If they do not appear it will be no fault of the editor of The Patriot.)

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